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Eureka! A glimpse of the new Seacombe Science and Discovery Museum – Birkenhead News

Local leaders and dignitaries including the Mayor of Metro, Mayor of Wirral and Head of Wirral Council were invited to a taste of the new Eureka yesterday! Science and discovery attraction at Seacombe.

Local and national media were also shown around the site, which will open to the public next month, which includes interactive science-themed exhibits, a giant 12ft cat with a wagging tail, pinball machines and for the little ones adventurous, an indoor climbing tree.

Next to the recently refurbished Seacombe ferry terminal, the nationally significant attraction opens on November 11 and plays a key role in Wirral’s regeneration strategy.

Wirral Council Leader Janette Williamson said: “When we approached them in 2016, we really wanted them to choose here, it’s an amazing place.

“They work very closely with the local communities and they’ve seen it’s a very strong community. They also wanted to work with Wirral Council to fit into our wider regeneration and adapt to what’s going on throughout from the left bank.

Leigh-Anne Stradeski, General Manager of Eureka, was there to greet guests. “It’s a perfect location because the buildings here are spectacular, right on the banks of the Mersey,” she said. “Our children’s museum in Halifax has been open for 30 years now, for children up to the age of 11.

“One of the big differences here is that we welcome children up to 14 years old. We focus on STEAM: science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. We will open another part of the experience in the terminal l next year for children under 7. We co-created with local children.

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said: “It is exciting to welcome Eureka Science and Discovery to the region, in this wonderful, modern, dynamic and interactive space. It is also the catalyst for the transformation of the territory and the symbol of the modernization that I want for the territories of the entire agglomeration. This project is just one element of nearly £15m of investment, £6.4m for this building alone and improvements to the ferry terminal itself.

“It fills me with optimism to hear about Eureka’s focus on STEAM topics, helping to introduce our youth to topics such as life sciences, digital innovation and green technology, especially for our young women.

“We have to ask ourselves why, when women make up more than half of the workforce, eight out of ten coders are men? Why is barely one in eight STEM workers female? Are we really prepared and willing to accept this inequality?I know that I am not and I know that we can do better and that we must do better.

Eureka Science and Discovery opens to the public on November 11. Entry for children under 3 is £6.95 and for children and adults £15.95, entitling visitors to unlimited free entry for one year. However, visitors who book now before the Discovery Café and The Burrow (under-seven space) open in the New Year will have their passes extended until the end of 2023.

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